Newark Man Swindled In $3,400 Craigslist Scam

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Newark – Newark Police Department is investigating a fraud that occurred on 12/2/17 in the parking lot of Suburban Plaza, 100 Suburban Drive, according to Lt. Fred Nelson.

Nelson said the victim, a 29-year-old male from Newark, reported that he placed an advertisement on Craigslist.com to sell two laptop computers. He stated that he was contacted a short time later by the suspect, who agreed to purchase one of the laptops.

The victim and the suspect met in the parking lot of Suburban Plaza and the suspect paid him using a phone application, which allows users to transfer money between accounts. The suspect then agreed that his brother would purchase the second laptop, said Nelson.

The victim subsequently turned over both computers to the suspect. The laptops have a total value of approximately $3,400.00. The victim later learned that the account the suspect used was fraudulent and that no money had been transferred.

The victim described the suspect as a black male, 28-years-old, heavy build, with short hair.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Officer Rivers at 302-366-7100 ext. 3479 or CRivers@newark.de.us